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Report: FBI believed to be searching for Pa. woman who may have stolen Nancy Pelosi’s laptop during Capitol riot

By: - January 18, 2021 10:29 am

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PennLive reports this morning that the FBI is believed to be searching for a Harrisburg woman who may be on the run with U.S. House Speaker Nancy Pelosi’s, D-California, laptop computer after allegedly participating in the Jan. 6 riot at the U.S. Capitol.

Riley June Williams faces charges of violent entry and disorderly conduct in connection with the insurrection at the Capitol that left five people dead, one of them from Pennsylvania. The charges are included in an affidavit that was unsealed on Sunday, according to PennLive.

The affidavit filed by Special Agent Jonathan Lund “includes claims by an ex-lover that Williams stole the laptop from the office of House Speaker Pelosi during the riot and tried, without success, to sell it to Russia’s foreign intelligence service,” PennLive reported, adding that according to Lund’s tipster, “‘Williams still has the computer device or destroyed it,’” Lund wrote. “This matter remains under investigation.”

The Morning Call, of Allentown, reported Monday that a resident of Jim Thorpe, Carbon County, had been arrested and charged with his alleged role in the riot.

The man, Andrew Wrigley, was charged with knowingly entering or remaining in a restricted building or grounds without lawful authority, as well as violent entry and disorderly conduct on Capitol grounds, according to The Morning Call. Wrigley, who was was arrested Friday and released under several conditions, declined the newspaper’s request for an interview.


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John L. Micek

A three-decade veteran of the news business, John L. Micek is the Pennsylvania Capital-Star's former Editor-in-Chief.